Go big or go home, right? Well, maybe that mantra shouldln’t be applied to everything, but when it comes to repurposing dusty, old thrift store finds, it’s the perfect slogan. If you’re going to breathe new life into an outdated, discarded object, make it memorable. Go big.
When my friend Carolyn brought me a discarded, vintage folding lawn chair, I saw its potential immediately. I’d like to attribute this to my boundless imagination, but it’s more likely because Pinterest displays about 700 pictures of macramé lawn chairs on my feed daily. Here are some of my favorites.
I love this idea, and I’ve been wanting to try it! Take an old chair frame and restring it with new colorful macramé cord. Just how hard can it be…
More difficult than I thought.
Despite the many photographs of macrame chairs floating around on social media, I was surprised to discover that good tutorials for them were few. After sorting through a handful of them and a lot of trial and error, I finally conquered the instructions and ended up with a sweet and sassy summer chair. Oh, and I went big. Hot pink and orange.
I started with this…
and ended up with this!
This was my first attempt at restringing a lawn chair, but now that I’ve conquered the crochet chain stitch, I’m hooked!
For this project, you’ll need the following supplies:
- lawn chair (if you are unable to find a vintage one, chair frames can be bought here)
- 200 yards of nylon macrame cord (100 yards of each color; I like this brand)
- 2 crochet hooks, size Q (can be purchased here)
Next step: Here’s the sticky part. I searched the internet high & low for a good tutorial, but I still ended up having to invest a lot of trial & error into the process.
The tutorial I found most helpful was this one. However, bookmark this post, because within the next 2 weeks (I promise) I’ll be publishing my own tutorial (with video instructions, too) that will be SUPER EASY to follow! And here is my complete tutorial!
Yep, you could say I published this post of this sweet & sassy chair just to whet your appetite. Now follow My French Twist so you’ll know the minute my tutorial comes out, gather your supplies, and get ready to go big.